-- — Voters will choose two of four candidates Nov. 6 competing for District 3 seats on the Batesville Community School Corp. board.
Why do they want to become school trustees? Chris Lowery, the only incumbent, answers, “Excellence in education, especially in the K-12 setting, is a passion for me. Studies consistently show that when high standards of education are offered to and attained by students, there are direct correlations to a more robust economy, higher levels of employment, higher levels of income, lower levels of poverty and generally a higher quality of life.” Cindy Blessing notes, “Having had two sons go through the Batesville Community School Corp., I have been involved in many aspects of their education .... I have seen what areas have been successful and also those which need continued examination and improvement. Being very involved with the youth of our community, I have seen what they are struggling with in their young lives. I hope to help make, at least their life at school, one that is safe, bully, alcohol and drug free, and one that is on a level playing field for all students.”
Adam Luhman explains, “I’m excited to become more involved throughout the community and I want to the see the ... school corporation continue to thrive and excel well into the future.” According to Ned Rogers, “I want to be a part of the team that is working hard to continue the tradition of educational excellence.”
Each candidate offers a different set of strengths. Blessing points out, “I am an open-minded, compassionate and eager to remedy (issues) person. The community knows that I am a very approachable person and that I have the good of the children of Batesville at heart.” According to Luhman, “My educational background will be a strong strength. Another strength I would bring to the board is my ability to listen to students, teachers, staff, administrators and community members. I feel that having an open mind and listening to all stakeholders is a vital role for a board member. I also have no personal connections or agendas and I will bring a neutral perspective.”